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BT Selects Nortel Equipment for Hosted Business Voice over IP

  • 19 July, 2005 15:09

<p>LONDON - BT has selected Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to supply equipment for its range of hosted Business IP (Internet Protocol) telephony services, which are designed to run across BT's 21st Century Network.</p>
<p>BT has placed orders for Nortel’s Communication Server (CS) 2000 carrier-class voice over IP call server solution, which will enable delivery of an IP-based business voice solution hosted in BT's network and aimed at supporting the communications needs of large public and private sector organizations.</p>
<p>The Nortel solution will allow BT to manage the communications needs of the most demanding UK organizations, enabling BT to rapidly bring the benefits of a secure, simplified, scalable and highly resilient infrastructure, reduced operating costs, improved productivity and increased flexibility to its customers. This solution will also offer an upgrade path for existing customers using BT's traditional hosted telephony service, also based on Nortel equipment.</p>
<p>"BT's vision for the Digital Networked Economy is transforming the way we meet our customers' needs," said Mark Logan, general manager, VPN (Virtual Private Network) Products, BT Global Services. "The Nortel hosted voice service is an important part of that transformation."</p>
<p>"Along with our extensive managed local and wide-area network delivery capability, Nortel's voice over IP solution will enhance BT's ability to provide a seamless, cost-effective transition from traditional office-based and hosted voice systems to a converged, managed IP environment," Logan said. "As a result, we expect to offer our customers a significant competitive advantage through their ability to reap the cost and productivity benefits that convergence offers."</p>
<p>"The Digital Networked Economy has the power to change the way businesses act and interact with each other, employees and customers," said Mark Weeks, general manager, BT account team, Nortel. "We take our responsibility for delivering a part of that future benefit very seriously."</p>
<p>"We have worked with BT for more than 15 years, focusing on delivering excellence in voice, data and multimedia communications solutions to its customer base," Weeks said. "This next generation platform takes our relationship to a new level, increasing the reach, flexibility, scale and reliability of the solutions BT can offer its corporate customers."</p>
<p>Nortel ranked number one in the global markets for service provider softswitches and gateways for the entire year of 2004 and for the first quarter of 2005, according to Synergy Research Group.</p>
<p>About Nortel
Nortel is a recognised leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world’s most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the world’s greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.</p>
<p>Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the outcome of regulatory and criminal investigations and civil litigation actions related to Nortel's restatements and the impact any resulting legal judgments, settlements, penalties and expenses could have on Nortel's results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and any related potential dilution of Nortel's common shares; the findings of Nortel's independent review and implementation of recommended remedial measures; the outcome of the independent review with respect to revenues for specific identified transactions, which review will have a particular emphasis on the underlying conduct that led to the initial recognition of these revenues; the restatement or revisions of Nortel's previously announced or filed financial results and resulting negative publicity; the existence of material weaknesses in Nortel's internal control over financial reporting and the conclusion of Nortel's management and independent auditor that Nortel's internal control over financial reporting is ineffective, which could continue to impact Nortel's ability to report its results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner; the impact of Nortel's and NNL's failure to timely file their financial statements and related periodic reports, including Nortel's inability to access its shelf registration statement filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); ongoing SEC reviews, which may result in changes to Nortel's and NNL's public filings; the impact of management changes, including the termination for cause of Nortel's former CEO, CFO and Controller in April 2004; the sufficiency of Nortel's restructuring activities, including the work plan announced on August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004 and December 14, 2004, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions; cautious or reduced spending by Nortel's customers; increased consolidation among Nortel's customers and the loss of customers in certain markets; fluctuations in Nortel's operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; fluctuations in Nortel's cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; Nortel's monitoring of the capital markets for opportunities to improve its capital structure and financial flexibility; Nortel's ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; the use of cash collateral to support Nortel's normal course business activities; the dependence on Nortel's subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel's defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and Nortel's cash flow; the adverse resolution of class actions, litigation in the ordinary course of business, intellectual property disputes and similar matters; Nortel's dependence on new product development and its ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel's ability to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the impact of price and product competition; barriers to international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of rationalization and consolidation in the telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of Nortel's customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; stock market volatility generally and as a result of acceleration of the settlement date of Nortel's forward purchase contracts; negative developments associated with Nortel's supply contracts and contract manufacturing agreements, including as a result of using a sole supplier for a key component of certain optical networks solutions; the impact of Nortel's supply and outsourcing contracts that contain delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; and the future success of Nortel's strategic alliances. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed by Nortel with the SEC. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
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<p>*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>

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